Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 1st Feb 2008 10:44 UTC, submitted by Michael Larabel
Intel At the Linux.Conf.Au conference today, Intel has announced NDA-free programming documentation covering the 965 Express and G35 Express IGPs. Intel's display driver has long been open-source, but up until now, they have not been releasing the programming documentation for these products to the public. This move comes months after AMD announced their new open-source strategy and began releasing register documentation on their R500 and R600 GPUs. These newly released documents by Intel even cover 3D and video programming for their IGPs.
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by elsewhere on Sat 2nd Feb 2008 04:54 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: NVIDIA"
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The issue I have with binary drivers is this; look at the Nvidia drivers and the dropping of support - the reluctance to still spend resources optimising drivers for older hardware. The attitude that once they've stopped selling the hardware, there is no point to supporting it adequately any more. ATI went down the same garden path.


That is ultimately the underlying issue (and what pushed the creation of FSF) - the customer at the mercy of a company who quite frankly will cut support when it is no longer convenient for them to support the hardware.

Don't get me wrong, I agree completely with that POV.

I'm simply pointing out that nVidia has no compelling business reason at this point to shift from that strategy, regardless of what Intel and ATI do, because a considerable portion of their userbase doesn't hold that same concern.

I'm a case in point. I consider my personal pc hardware to have a lifespan of 24 months, so while I will endeavor to select components that are linux-compatible, I consider nVidia to be in that category. If I was concerned about my laptop still working with linux five years from now, I'd likely go Intel. But my pragmatic side often wins out over my idealistic side. I'll admit that I'm part of the problem, but the problem is that many others are like me. nVidia works and works well, better than the alternatives at this time.

Sure, I'm a little bit ashamed with that attitude, but I have desktop bling with no detriment to my system stability or performance. When Intel can approach nVidia's mid-range performance or the open ATI drivers are stable and reliable, I'll likely switch if only in principle, but until then I have no clear incentive to.

And neither does nVidia...

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